Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

New Data Show Bans on Affirmative Action Hinder University Recruitment Efforts & Harm Campus Racial Climate

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

New Data Show Bans on Affirmative Action Hinder University Recruitment Efforts & Harm Campus Racial Climate

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LOS ANGELES. Calif.

The Civil Rights Project recently published new data on the way in which California's ban on affirmative action harms the University of California (UC) in comparison to the University of Texas, which still has affirmative action, in terms of both the climate on campus for non-White students and the lack of success In recruiting top-ranked applicants of color.

The Salience of Racial Isolation: African-Americans' and Latinos' Perception of Climate and Enrollment Choices with and without Proposition 209, by William C. Judder, has two parts. The first is based on 2008-11 data from a survey of 9,750 African-American and Latino undergraduates on UC and other campuses. A second part of die study focuses on the enrollment choices of freshmen admitted to the University of California. The study compares eight UC campuses, the University of Texas (UT) -Austin and two other leading universities.

At institutions with an affirmative action ban, the report shows that fewer AfricanAmericans and. Latinos feel that students of their race or ethnicity are respected on campus, particularly when compared to campuses with affirmative action.

At the University of California, for instance, only 62 percent of AfricanAmericans feci that students of their race are respected on campus, a significantly lower figure than African-Americans at UT-Austin (72 percent) and at two other private peer universities (75 percent and 76 percent). …

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